Phil Jackson, the Knicks’ president and master of mindfulness, has found ways to make news beyond his own front office this season.
Last month, he drew the ire of one of the N.B.A.’s most influential figures by referring to LeBron James’s business partners as his “posse” in an interview with ESPN. James shot back pointedly at Jackson over the use of the term, and said he had lost respect for Jackson because of it.
On Tuesday, in an interview with CBS Sports Network, Jackson declined to apologize for his comments when asked if he would like to take back what he said.
“Well, that’s a topic I’m not going to discuss because, one, we’re not supposed to discuss other team’s players in this position that I have here,” Jackson told Lisa Leslie, the host of “We Need to Talk” on the network. “So I violated one of the tenets of our thing. And the obvious thing is the word itself carries connotation. And I…